Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
What happens to people who claim to be Peace Prize winners even though they aren’t? They get a job at the White House.
Thanks to a tip left by a reader, Jason Box has joined the Hall of Shame over at FakeNobelLaureautes.com. Box was part of the team that created the 2012 documentary film Chasing Ice. According to the film website, it was screened at the White House on Earth Day 2013.
When deciding how much faith we should place in the judgment of these filmmakers, it’s worth noting that their brief biographical sketch of Box tells us he is “a Nobel Peace Prize winning scientist” and that he “was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.”
That sounds rather grand until you realize that Box was one of 57 people who helped write one chapter (out of 44) of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And until you learn that the IPCC says it is incorrect to describe any individual associated with the IPCC as a Peace Prize winner.
As it turns out, there’s another fake nobelist connection to the White House. More than two years ago, I wrote about Philip Duffy, who was then serving as Chief Scientist for ClimateCentral.org.
In 2010, Duffy was one of the speakers at a cycling event. His bio, as published by ClimateRide.org, told us he had “won numerous honors, including the 2007 Peace Prize.”
So what happens to people who claim to be Peace Prize winners even though they aren’t? They get promoted to high places. Very high.
According to a profile on the American Meteorological Society website:
Philip Duffy is a Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he handles a range of issues related to climate change.
Apparently, though, that info’s now out-of-date. Sometime after early April 2012, Duffy left the White House. He’s now back on the payroll of a longtime employer – the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
This, my friends, is the problem with the climate scare. Once you start looking closely, you discover that too many of the actors involved are the furthest thing from careful, rigorous thinkers. Instead, they appear small, grasping, and shabby.
And they never seem to face any adverse consequences.
Instead, they get invited to the White House – either as guests or as employees.